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MariaW

MariaW

Joined June 2016

I sleep with books - don't judge!
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So, I started to read this one. I still haben‘s read a lot of the classics. While downloading it, it did not realize it is an actual reprint (digital version) of the first translation. How I have to get used to reading in Old German. 🙈

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What will Chancellor Angela Merkel do after her political career??? This murder mystery employs the possibility of her becoming the next Miss Marple - or in her case Sherlockine or Miss Merkel - because she is bored after retiring and moving from Berlin to the countryside. Who wouldn‘t after being a world leader? Her new life is interrupted by a murder, so she welcomes a new passion: solving murders. It is a very very funny book. 🤣🤪🤣

DivineDiana Sounds funny! Stacked. 🙂 2w
MariaW @DivineDiana Nice, but I don‘t think there is an English translation yet. 🙈 2w
DivineDiana 😂 Thank you! I don‘t think my German is up to par yet! 2w
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shortsarahrose This sounds amazing! My German might be a bit too rusty, but it‘s tempting 😆 1w
Megabooks Sounds a lot like this, which I‘ve always meant to read and heard good things about (edited) 1w
MariaW @shortsarahrose There are a Dutch, a French and an Italian version. Maybe one of those? 😊 1w
MariaW @Megabooks Yours sounds amazing. Stacked. 1w
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Roughly translated:
“No, I just wanted to rule her out. She did have a lot of followers in her Instagram-livestream at the time of the murder.”
“I am not sure what those words mean.”
“That she has got an alibi.”

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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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A very nice non-fiction book based on the experiences of Abdulrahman Zeitoun during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The book starts very tranquil and even paints a beautiful otherworldly picture of flooded New Orleans. But the last three parts are very disturbing (the absence of civil and human rights during that time). I left me truly shocked, distressed and devastated.

MariaW Unfortunately, Zeitoun‘s own fate took a bad turn after the publication of the book. But this shall not be taken into account here. 2w
Readerann I liked this, too. I also liked A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Eggers. Sorry I don‘t know how to tag the book here. 🤔 2w
MariaW @Readerann Haven‘t read anything else by Eggers uet, but after Zeitoun I sure will do. 😊 2w
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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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This is what a teacher‘s copy looks like. 🙈
While reading I already use a lot of different coloured postits and annotations to mark the things I want to discuss with my students. We did change the reading of the 12th grades from Half Broke Horses to Zwitoun due to my recommendation. I liked the reviews and now I even more convinced.

LeftyDv Fun discussion I‘m sure! Lots of material within for a great Socratic Seminar. 2w
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Just a small connection of boards - something to think about and something to laugh about.

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Like the subtitle already mentions, this is a perfect collection of beautiful quotes of the two men. Both of them wrote personal instructions to all the chapters explaining why they would write the quotes. I had to cry sometimes. It is the perfect gift and/or the perfect start for a new day. You could read a quote each day. I have been following the two for some time on Instagram now and still did not know all of the boards. 💗💗💗

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The foreword is already very serious and very funny at the same time - exactly how I expect the rest of the book will be. 🤔🤣

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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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Being third one in the series, I liked the full novel length. The first two ones seemed short in a very unsatisfactory way - the reader longing for more. I did not see some of the twist coming, but the ultimate and last one was clear to me already at the middle of the book. But Djèli Clark writes in a perfect way keeping the reader on a leash. ???

Jess_Read_This This sounds terrific! I haven‘t heard of this author or series before. And getting praise from Chakraborty on the cover immediately caught my attention. Thank you for sharing! Adding it to my TBR now. ☺️ 3w
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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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Before God, our blood means nothing. Virtue is in deeds, not the skin.

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For everyone who is interested: “All on the Board” kindle version is now available for 99p or 1,19€ on Amazon. The two guys even posted it themselves on Instagram. #allontheboard

julesG Ooooh. Goodie! 3w
julesG It's 0.99€ on amazon.de 😁 3w
MariaW @julesG Ich habs noch für 1,19€ gekauft vor 2 Tagen. Hatte das schon ganz lange auf meiner Leseliste. 3w
julesG Amazon muss man nicht verstehen. Eine Novelle die gestern noch 1,19€ kosten sollte, hab ich heute für 0,89€ gekauft. 3w
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Murder at the Mena House | Erica Ruth Neubauer
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The advantage of living in Cairo - breakfast at Mena House. 😍

Cinfhen Stunning 🤩!!!!! I just read a memoir about a bookstore chain in Cairo / Diwan. Are you familiar?? 4mo
wanderinglynn Gorgeous photo! 4mo
IuliaC Wonderful! 😍 4mo
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TheSpineView Oh..I have eaten at the Mena House. Food is good and the views are one of a kind. Wish I could go back. 4mo
LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 4mo
CarolynM Oh, that's fabulous! 4mo
SRWCF Just gorgeous! 2w
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The Reader | Mk Harkins
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The plan this year - Friday as pool day 🤗

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The Reader | Mk Harkins
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Long time, no see. I have to make sure to take the time for reading. So far, the new school year is stressing me out. 🙈

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m sorry 😢 I hope it gets better!! 4mo
Cheshirecat913 Hang in there. That looks yummy and relaxing. 4mo
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The Reader | Mk Harkins
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Only newspaper reading today - too much going on right now. 🙈

Bookwomble Take care of yourself, Maria 💗 6mo
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Wilhelm Tell | Friedrich Schiller
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Yesterday on my trip around this part of Vierwaldstätter See I passed by the Chapel of Wilhelm Tell. It is part of Schiller‘s play Wilhelm Tell and shows some scenes of it. It is placed diectly at the shore of the lake with a beautiful view.

IuliaC Beautiful! 😍 6mo
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Using the travel guide for the next trip - Wanderlust at the shores of Vierwaldstätter Lake visting some literary places. ???

Ruthiella Beautiful! 6mo
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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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Next read - the third one of the series. It has more than 300 pages - more than the first two combined. 🤗🤗🤗 I am really looking forward to read it.

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The Librarian | Mikhail Elizarov
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OMG!!! 😱😱😱

Saw this on Instagram (@dionisopunk). The picture was taken by Sylvie Facon on indepest.com.

I would so wear that dress!!!! 💃💃💃

IuliaC Beautiful! 6mo
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The Reader | Mk Harkins
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This is an open book shelf I saw in Weggis, Switzerland. Actually, in Switzerland a lot of towns used old phone booths and turned them into those small libraries. This one sits right in front of the seaside promenade with a small park, a lot of perfect reading benches and a panorama view of Lake Vierstätter. ???

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it!!! 6mo
Libby1 Wonderful. ❤️📚❤️ 6mo
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Very interesting book about some of the US presidents and their bad or weird habits. Some of them are well-known, others are not. You can find a lot of interesting facts and background information as well.

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Using the travel guide the second year - this time with a view from Mount Rigi down on the Vierwaldstätter Lake again. In the background you can see Mount Pilatus which I posted the last (travel guide) picture from.

IuliaC Wonderful scenery in the backdrop! 6mo
HannaPolkadots Such a beautiful view!🤩 6mo
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On the road ... äh ... track again. Travelling back to Switzerland. Unfortunately, some German errands have to be run in person. ? Now I am using my 8 hour drive to catch up on my TBR. ?

la_rose_noire Enjoy! 6mo
julesG Oh. Eisenach. 😍😍😍 When I pass that sign, I know I'm in my home state. 6mo
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Time Regained | Marcel Proust
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Too many things to do, so only reading articles today. This one is about Proust, who would have celebrated his 150th birthday these days.

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The Reader | Mk Harkins
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Reading my favourite newspaper outside in the sun - after three weeks of rain. 🤗

Tove_Reads We could do with rain. No rain since forever. Seems to be all extremes wherever you are. 6mo
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I am always trying to read a nonfiction book after a fiction one. This one talks about the most “interesting” presidents of the US. So far the stories are very interesting. 👍

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Untitled | Unknown
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Thanks @TheSpineView for the tag. 😊

To play post a positive quote and tag a Litten friend or two.

@julesG @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm

BarbaraBB Thank you Maria, I will think of a quote 🤍 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tag! 🤗 6mo
Arvena Good one! 6mo
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The author increases the number of pages with each story, the first one was only 40 pages long, the second one is 82 pages. I am really looking forward to the third one. 😊 This one is an interesting detective story placed in the same alternative “magic” universe with Cairo as one of the centers of the world. It introduces a new detective which makes me hope that there will be more stories coming up in the future.

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On Switzerland tour again - this time visting the Pilatus near Vierwaldstätter Lake and Luzern. And with me the Baedeker travel guide I already used last year - and a glass of wine. ?

readingjedi That is an incredible view! 6mo
CarolynM So beautiful 😍😍😍 6mo
eri.reads Breathtaking! 🥰🥰 6mo
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AmyG Gorgeous ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Lovely 6mo
LeahBergen Wow! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful view! 6mo
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After reading my favourite weekly newspaper in one go, I am going to start the second of the Dead Djinn Universe (another recommendation by @julesG ).

julesG Enjoy!!! 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Using the one sunny day between two very rainy weeks properly - reading my favourite newspaper.

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Very interesting nonfiction book talking about novel statistics, e.g. mostly used words, the best first or last sentences, typical words used by men and women and the quantity of different novels. It made me chuckle a lot of times. And it comes with a huge TBR list in the appendix - actually the database Blatt was using for research. 😍
Can you guess the most impressive first sentence of a novel, that is recognizable at once by almost everyone?

swynn It's either one about the best and worst of times, or one about happy families. (Third guess: a single man, a fortune, and a wife.) 6mo
MariaW @swynn Very close. “Best and worst times” was mentioned as well, but in the stylistic devices section. 😊 (edited) 6mo
Ruthiella I‘ll guess “Call me Ishmael” from Moby Dick. 🐳 (edited) 6mo
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MariaW @Ruthiella You‘re right. 💪💪💪 6mo
Ruthiella @MariaW The book that nobody has read but everyone knows its first line. 😆 6mo
MariaW @Ruthiella I will try this summer. 🙈 6mo
swynn @Ruthiella Yay Ruthiella! Got it in one! 6mo
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I am bit late late for #wondrouswednesday by @Eggs
Thanks @julesG for the tag.

1. The one tagged above. Currently reading another nonfictional one. I am always switching between nonfictional and fictional.
2. 👍
3. I do read most genres, it is easier to name the genres I don‘t like: horror and thriller.

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗📚🥳 6mo
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Though there‘s a lot of more grinning going on in popular fiction. […] Men grin.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Thanks for the tag, @TheSpineView

To play post a positive quote and tag a Litten friend or two.
@Zainabtkhan @Yalitbit @Xenatine

TheSpineView You're welcome! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 7mo
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This will be my next read. I saw @BarbaraTheBibliophage ‘s feedback and had to buy it. I do not only like to read fiction, but non-fiction as well - which talks about my favourite fiction. 🤪

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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I really enjoyed this story, even though it was very short. A refreshing new idea. And - since I am living in Cairo - I can confirm the correct use and description of the named places. 😜 I am really looking forward to the next two in this series.

BookishMarginalia Good — I hate it when there are mistakes in the use of settings! 7mo
Angitron I love these books!! Clark is such a great writer! 7mo
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I am trying out the dark mode of my tablet. I am definitely not used to read white letters on a blackly background, but it looks good. Not sure whether I am keeping it or not. 🤔

IuliaC It looks good 👍 7mo
rwmg It looks cool but I find I get annoying after-images if I look at it for too long 7mo
Reggie This is how I actually read on my phone. The other way is too bright for me. 7mo
julesG What @Reggie said. 7mo
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Next read?!? 🤔😊
I think I saw it in a post of @julesG

julesG Go for it. 7mo
julesG The next short in the series is 7mo
julesG Followed by the recently published 7mo
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MariaW @julesG I just saw the other ones as well. 💪 7mo
KathyWheeler Books by him that aren‘t in this world but are still good are Ring Shout and The Black God‘s Drums. (edited) 7mo
SamAnne Can‘t wait to get to this one! 7mo
MariaW @KathyWheeler Thanks for the tip! 👌 7mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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in the prologe King stated he wanted to write a different kind of vampire novel and I expected that, but in the end it is another “regular” vampire novel - at least for me. For my taste the “heros” ended up finding out what was going on too early. The really interesting part for me started with the epistolary (last) chapter. I keep on wondering why he did not write the whole novel like that? 🤔🤔🤔

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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I don‘t know but the pictures used for this novel already make sure that the reader feels a slight discomfort…. 😳😳😳

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Vorleser: Roman = The Reader | Bernhard Schlink
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School‘s almost over - time to read again. I am so looking forward to the summer. Teo years of Corona in school - now I am able to survive everything! 💪💪💪

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Opens first page - giggles because of the anticipation. 😬😬😬

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Reading by the lake 😍

BarbaraBB Wow 😍 8mo
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I really liked this one - a smooth and easy read, not too deep for a beach read. Even though it is aimed at teenagers I really liked the idea of an alternative of our common fairy tales.

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I really like the author uses word plays - this is my kind of humour. 😂

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Since we have a long weekend off - it is the end of Ramadan - I started another easy beach-read. 😊

BarbaraBB Lovely. Enjoy! 8mo
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Murder, She Wrote: Gin and Daggers | Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
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So, I finished this one. Actually it was a nice read, very easygoing and very much like the series itself. As always you have some very obvious susoects and in the end the one who was never considered before is the murder. If you like the series, you will like this crime novel. I certainly do. 😉

kaysworld1 I am addicted to the murder she wrote books but they no longer publish them and there hard to find but great books. 8mo
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Murder, She Wrote: Gin and Daggers | Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
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Just realized that there is another German TV station showing “Murder, she wrote” - while reading the first novel of the series. 😉

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Murder, She Wrote: Gin and Daggers | Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
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I love to watch “Murder, she wrote”. As it happens, I checked on Amazon whether the mysteries of the series are available - yes, they are. Those ones have been written by Jessica Fletcher herself and another author based on the series. 🤗 I will give the first one a try. 😉

JazzFeathers I read a couple of them many years ago. They are very much like the TV series. 9mo
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